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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Parker Dunshee’s streak continues

Parker Dunshee’s scoreless streak continues and the Stockton Ports earned a key win, while the Nashville Sounds started off their series with Round Rock on a good note.

Parker Dunshee / Photo by Greg Bessette
Parker Dunshee added another four innings to his scoreless streak. / Photo by Greg Bessette

Parker Dunshee threw four scoreless innings to extend his streak to 35.1 scoreless innings for the Vermont Lake Monsters. Brian Howard added three scoreless innings and Heath Donica tossed two scoreless frames in his Lake Monsters’ debut in a 9-0 win over the Lowell Spinners.

Dunshee’s pro debut season has been nearly flawless. After allowing three runs in two innings for the AZL A’s in his debut appearance, Dunshee landed in Vermont and has been untouchable ever since. In those 35.1 scoreless innings, he has allowed just 13 hits, seven walks and four hit-by-pitches. He has also struck-out 42.

Howard has been nearly as good. After his three scoreless innings on Thursday, Howard lowered his ERA to 1.27 in 28.1 innings. He has walked only one and he has struck-out 27. Donica joined the Lake Monsters after posting a 5.79 ERA but striking out 35 in 23.1 innings for the AZL Athletics.

The Lake Monsters gave Dunshee, Howard and Donica plenty of offensive support. Aaron Arruda had three hits and is now 7-for-his-last-17. Will Toffey had two hits. He is batting .310 over his last 10 games. The Lake Monsters took advantage five Spinners’ errors.

Vermont now has a 4.5 game lead in the Stedler division.

Other News:

— The Nashville Sounds scored two runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to turn a 3-3 tie into a 9-3 rout of the Round Rock Express. Franklin Barreto had three hits, including his seventh triple. Barreto has eight hits over his last 14 at-bats. He is hitting .341 over his last 10 games and .283 overall. Chris Carter hit his fifth homerun and had three hits, as well. Yairo Munoz had a 3-3 game and he had an outfield assist from right-field. Daniel Mengden made the start and he allowed three runs in four innings. Chris Bassitt threw two scoreless innings to earn the win. Sam MollRaul Alcantara and Logan Bawcom each threw a scoreless inning.

— Branden Cogswell doubled home Luis Barrera in the bottom of the 11th inning and the Stockton Ports’ pulled out a 2-1 win over the Modesto Nuts. Stockton keeps its playoff hopes alive with the win. Through nine innings, the only offense the Ports managed was a solo homerun from Seth Brown. It was the fifth-straight game in which Brown has homered. Logan Shore worked seven innings in his best start of the season. He allowed one run on six hits and one walk. He struck-out seven. Armando Ruiz and Joey Wagman each threw two scoreless innings to keep the game tied. Wagman worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the 11th.

— The Beloit Snappers didn’t score until the seventh inning and dropped a 5-2 decision to the Quad Cities River Bandits. Jean Carlo Rodriguez had two of the Snappers’ five hits. Seth Martinez threw six strong innings but he was hung with the loss. He allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck-out three and walked one. Ty Damron threw two scoreless innings in relief.

— Rafael Kelly (4.2 innings), Josh Falk (1.1 innings) and Adam Reuss (2 innings) allowed just one run on six hits, but the AZL Athletics managed only two hits in a 1-0 loss. Kelly struck-out six and allowed just one unearned run. Between the DSL and AZL A’s, Kelly has a 2.02 ERA and a 68:12 K:BB in 62.1 innings. Chris Iriart and Santis Sanchez accounted for the only two AZL A’s hits.

— The DSL A’s moved to 39-31 on the season with an 8-3 win over the DSL Astros. Cesar Diaz hit his second homerun of the season and newcomer Rafael Rincones had three hits in his DSL A’s debut. Rincones was acquired for Rajai Davis on Wednesday. Gean Rigby and Christopher Quintin also had two-hit games.

— The Midland RockHounds and the Corpus Christi Hooks had their Thursday and Friday games cancelled due to a tropical storm that is expected to hit the Gulf area of Texas hard this weekend.

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